The Twisted Fork offers casual bistro dining from 6pm til midnight, 7 days a week. They serve a brunch starting at 10am on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
Stopped in for the sunday night dinner fixed price menu special (butternut squash soup, lobster tail with veg, and a strawberry terrine) and also ordered off the regular menu (gruyere & onion tart, and braised lamb shank with polenta).
Everything was fresh and tasty. The soup and the onion tart were excellent, as was the braised lamb. The lobster was quite good.
Our server (all the serving staff, for that matter) was delightful, helpful and friendly.
The room is simple and understated, with a warm inviting feel.
Food: I had the asparagus appetizer, lamb entree, and creme brulee dessert. The asparagus was quite forgettable, and the lamb was a tad bit on the dry side, but the creme brulee was delicious. I haven't had creme brulee as good as this for a long long time.
Value: We had the Blue Fence Special ($25 for 3 courses). I was upset to discover that the choices were limited to only a few items for this special. However, considering the location (downtown Vancouver!!!) the price was great.
Service: The service was rather disappointing. The bread was brought AFTER our appetizers arrived. When my dining companion questioned the waitress about this, we expected an apology. Instead, she insisted that it was supposed to come AFTER the appetizer. Now, it isn't such a big deal, but it's common knowledge that bread is served BEFORE appetizer; I'll I'm asking for is a quick acknowledgement that you're wrong!
Ambiance: The place is kind of small, but it makes it a bit more cozy.
I decided to try this place last week after hearing rave reviews from friends. I went on a weekday at around 1pm so there was no line up but it still was really busy.
I got things going with a Brutus which is their special Caesar. For brunch, I ordered the eggs benny with bacon. Rather than offering a bunch of different bennys, you can choose an additional topping including bacon, prosciutto, roasted pepper, etc. It came served on a big slice of brioche with a side of beans, spinach and rosti which is basically a hashbrown. It was probably the best eggs benedict I have ever had; the hollandaise was perfect, eggs cooked perfectly and the brioche was thick but really light.
Overall I really enjoyed my brunch and will definitely come back but will come at non-peak hours to try and avoid the line ups.
Our first visit here we were exhausted and I think both we and the restaurant was having a bad day. Our visit tonight was much different. We enjoyed many small appetizers, the Feenie fries were delicious today, the pear and beet salad was great, and the onion tart was very good. The grilled sourdough was pretty good except for the unnatural green color painted on the bread, which I did not like. The dessert, a caramel napoleon with maple ice cream, was much better than we had bargained for and we greedily ate it up. I like that this place is open late and offers many $25 3-course meal options during the week as well. Wish they had a bit more vegetarian food, then we would go back more often.
Like the previous reviewer, I don't recommend the 'specials'.
It looks good and is good value but honestly you can get the same meal at safeway in the frozen section.
I also did try the flank steak dish and it was amazing so I will definitely be back for their regular menu and may also like to go for their cheap mussels.
Good staff, nice space, affordable wines
But again, if you are thinking of going for the sunday special i recommend that you skip it- the ribs are and mash are seriously dry and again, u can get those at safeway for cheaper
I went with a group of girls to the Twisted Fork last Tuesday, as we heard about their $8 mussels. I had fairly low expectations, to be honest, as I've had 'specials' before and they usually end up being 'not-so-special'. I'm happy to report that was not the case at the Twisted Fork.
When I arrived, one of my friends was already seated with a drink in front of her. The restaurant wasn't quite busy at a few minutes after 6pm, but there were about 3-4 tables that were occupied. As I sat down, our waitress handed me a drink menu and said she'd give me a minute to look it over. When she returned, I opted for the nut brown ale at $5.50 for a pint.
After the rest of our group trickled in, we all decided to go for the mussels and frites special. A few of the other items on the menu were tempting, but I thought I would wait to try the mussels first. We didn't have to wait long before our food arrived. As the big bowls were set in front of us, we were all impressed by the portion size as well as the delicious smells wafting up in front of us. On top of the mussels was a generous portion of frites, which appeared to be a combination of potatoes and yams. They could've done with a bit longer in the fryer, as some of them were a tad limp - but the flavour more than made up for it. The sauce was incredibly flavourful - a rich, creamy, buttery-tasting concoction that had me sopping it up with the fresh-baked rolls served alongside.
Service was very friendly, attentive and not at all intrusive. As we sat talking, laughing and enjoying our meals, we all agreed that the Twisted Fork was an ideal location for an after-work get-together. The food was great, the ambiance lovely, and the service was spot-on. I will definitely return soon to try out some of the other specials.
Went here on a weeknight and was surprised how busy it was. Found they had a special $25 meal between 6-7. Started with the beet salad - very good, and then the lamb shank - big portion and very tasty, liked the sides as well. Finished with the chocolate terrine. Very good. Small but nice selection of local wines to pair with the food. Very good and friendly service. Small room but done nicely. Would return again.
My bf and I went there for mussels last night, after a year or more of me asking to go as I've never been (and central city, where I used to get mussels, stopped serving them). We almost walked by, if it wasn't for Google Shopper showing me the way we probably would have. There was a large group in front of us, but we still got a table after 10 minutes.
We were seated at a teeny tiny table obviously meant for appies and drinks nothing more, but we made the best of it. Having my back knocked into numerous times by people almost ruined my experience. Until the mussels came.
Omg the mussels. so so so so so so yummmzzzz. I'm not normally a fan of creamy sauce but couldn't get enough. We also shared the stinton salad which was very good as well, and each had a reasonably priced sleeve of stanley park amber ale.
3lbs of mussels, 2 beers, a salad and an exploding belly later our bill only came to $47! not bad at all! especially for the quality, in which we'd said we'd both pay full price for the mussels any day (maybe just have a snack beforehand or when our wallets were a little more stocked).
Oh and the servers didn't push their cleavage or their bums in my face like at most places downtown which was awesome.
Highly recommend this place, just try to avoid that table!!!!
My fiancée and I heeded advice of this very website just last night and went to Twisted Fork Bistro.
From the outside, Twisted Fork Bistro doesn’t look out of place on seedy Granville Street. On entering, one could be forgiven for thinking they’d entered a cheap English pub.
We were seated in the dark before the waitress lit a limp candle which allowed me to, once again, make out my fiancée.
When my eyes had adjusted, I read the single-sided menu to find every single dish included a set of vegetables quite horrifying to a meat-lover like me. I eventually settled on the cured duck, which came with potato puree (that’s a foppish French term for what the rest of us call mashed potatoes) and cranberry sauce. Ratatouille also came with it as standard but, gallantly, I donated that to the waitress. The good lady had the chicken breast with barley risotto, roasted squash and chicken jus.
My meal was utterly exceptional to the taste. It was truly sublime. The duck and potatoes were terrific and even the cranberry sauce was of the highest order. It was a little on the small side – and the “but it’s French” excuse doesn’t work for me; small is small – but I forgave that, having eaten it in approximately three minutes. My fiancée also enjoyed her meal.
We then shared the Caramel Napoleon, a sweet, raspberry-caramel-ice cream mousse affair. It was delightful, even though the sourness of the raspberries was a little overbearing as the ice cream melted away.
We also shared a carafe of a very oaky red wine.
The prices fairly represented what we got. On first glance, the $20 for my main meal would seem extortionate given the size of it, but it tasted like the proverbial million dollars and I felt like I was in heaven throughout my love affair with it.
The service was good. Our waitress was pleasant and not an idiot. I was glad, though, that a man who appeared to be the manager didn’t come over. He was too tall, his jeans were too tight and his manner was more suited to a New York bar.
I would recommend Twisted Fork Bistro, but with the caveat that one probably should be able to tolerate vegetables and a limited menu.
We came here specifically for the highly appraised Blue Fence Special. For starters we had onion tart and grilled pesto sourdough, which was borderline burnt. For main, the lamb was "fell off the bone" good. The cod was ok, but the grilled asparagus was definitely burnt. It was black.. hidden beneath the cod. Not acceptable. The desserts were to die for. The terrine got the thumbs up, while the creme brulee came in a wider/shallower ramekin dish. All 3 courses for $25 including complimentary bread basket. Good value. Reservations only accepted for 8+ and only for 6pm seating. No Amex.
Went for brunch here on Saturday with a group of 6 and they gave us the benches in the back of the restaurant.
Had an omelette which was delicious, but not anything special. Perhaps I should have ordered something more adventurous, as everyone else who dined with me seemed fairly happy with their orders. There was a kind of chicken sandwich with an artichoke? soup that one person particularly enjoyed.
It was also nice to have coffee served in a French press, so you could decide how strong you wanted it. The service was very friendly, and we got our food in a reasonable amount of time. I will definitely try to make it back for dinner one night, as I have heard good things, but also because my experience was quite a good one.
We went in for the $8 mussels on Tuesday and it was pretty good. We ordered the halibut cakes to start/share and they (two pieces) came with a small salad. The mussels came with unlimited bread and fries (yam fries & regular fries). The broth was a bit salty but the mussels were plump and juicy. It was a good deal! By the time we left at 7:30pm, there was a huge line up at the door.
Heard awesome things about this place and went to try it tonight. I usually stay away from Granville because I'm not 19 anymore and when I found out thats where this place was I didn't really want to give it a try, but I'm glad I did.
What you need to know is that this place was started by people who operated a very successful winery/restaurant in Fernie and decided to give Vancouver a shot, despite the fact that market here is very competitive. This fact alone made me want to try it and I'll be honest I really did want to like it. However most places I 'want' to like, end up disappointing me incredibly. Twisted Fork did not. The lamb shank was literally the best I've had.
The place is not pretentious however the food is great, and cheap. If you want expensive, pretentious, crappy food go elsewhere. Just for perspective, the lamb was actually cheaper than the chicken at Forum Sports Bar, 2 doors down. I highly, highly recommend this place.
Went out for the day with a couple of friends and for a bite to eat tonight decided to give this restaurant a try due to some good reviews in the local newspapers. We were greeted promptly as we entered and given a table immediately. The wait staff were friendly and very fast (a little too fast to make a decision on wine, etc. though) and we had to ask them to come back a couple of times, before we could decide on some wine and some small plates. The wine was served and very quickly the food was brought. We had decided to share the mussels, the scallops and the sourdough toast first, then added the short ribs and the rosemary tenderloin kebabs. The food was very well presented and the servings were ample and good value for the dollar. The mussels were absolutely fresh and tasty as were the scallops. The sauces were so good that we used the extra bread for dipping and soaking up the juices. once these dishes were finished we decided to share the cheese plate and a couple of desserts. All of it was delicious and I would definitely recommend this place to other friends.
Read some good reviews and decided to try the Tuesday night mussel and frites special. The mussels were very fresh and sweet done in a white cream sauce. The sauce could have been a tad lighter but overall the dish was very satisfactory, especially for the special price of $8. My partner opted for the 3 course $25 offering. There are several choices for the appetizer and main course plus any item off the dessert menu. For starters, he chose the butternut squash soup which was excellent. The entree of lamb shank with polenta and vegetables was very moist and tender. The poached pear and fig with mascarpone cheese was divine. The warm crusty buns which accompanied the meals were also delicious.
We were very impressed with the service which was very friendly and attentive.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is very warm and inviting. Also, the music level was just right, not so noisy so that you can't even have a decent conversation over dinner.
We will definitely return. Would really like to try their special set Sunday menu. Overall, excellent food, good value and great service.
We could not get into our regular Italian tonight and I suggested we try the Twisted Fork, a few blocks down. The service was wonderful, the food was outstanding and excellent value. The bathrooms were very clean. The three of us were able to have a special meal, all shared.
Take old friends to this Bistro, eat slowly for hours and flirt with the staff, boys and girls
I will be back. The only thing that stops me from giving a perfect rating is that I have only been once.
I had been to Twisted Fork in Vancouver three times and even though the ambience and environment can be appealing during the evening, definitely a place to stay away from during the busy brunch period. The food quality at this place, at least for dinner seemed to be impressive and mostly due to the fresh local ingredients with a decent BC wine menu. Desserts are quite fabulous. We were absolutely disappointed and turned off during the day time experience.
Even though the menu will attract you with lofty descriptive, don’t be fooled mentally and trust your taste buds. All of the items that we ordered tasted fine, but really would mingle with the dining experience of a Denny’s or family chain of restaurant. After a 50 minute wait for our food and already mediocre service, we were thankful for the bill. Consider for dinner, but think again for brunch. With the variety of spots up and coming in Vancouver, this is definitely one that we gave a shot, but in the end became a disappointment.
The staff are friendly, while the food is delicious and a pretty good value. The space, while narrow, is warm and inviting. Their brunches are great and inexpensive, and their Sunday dinners are a quite good and decently priced for Vancouver. I would highly recommend it -- absolutely one of my favourites.
Went with my bf for his birthday brunch last Sunday. We were both so impressed with the cozy atmosphere, delicious french bistro inspired food, great value and above all the friendly and kind service!
We shared a "bottomless" pot of french press coffee ($3 a person), bf had the eggs benny and I had the scrambled eggs with asparagus. All served with yummy sides like roasted tomatoes, spinach, potato rosti, baked beans, etc. Each brunch item is $10 - excellent value!
We will be back to try dinner ASAP!!!
Overall the Twisted Fork really delivers despite my increased expectations after reading the massive amounts of favourable reviews. If I had to condense this restaurant's persona into one sentence (which is terribly unfair but often what people take away from these reviews) it is this -- the TFB is a perfect example of a Canadian take on a bistro. The room is inviting, although a touch dark, and you certainly don't feel as if you are at a restaurant right on the Granville strip. Service was warm, candid, and friendly if not a bit stretched once the room was full. The open kitchen is small, just two behind the stoves on a week night, but they work quietly and deliver promising food. Starters included the mussels drenched in a rich cream and tomato sauce - however, the bivalves were sourced from PEI which was somewhat curious - a large portion of decent duck confit that came with a perfectly sweet squash pear jam, and perfectly tender rosemary skewered beef that unfortunately had to be unskewered of rather charred, bitter (after their meeting with the flame) stalks of herb. The favourite main was the confit chicken salad that would satisfy a hungry patron any evening while the beef bourgeon was hearty, a perfect pick me up on a cold day, however it did lack a pinch of salt after its long braise. The lemon tart was surprisingly light, which is a good thing, while the caramel napoleon with raspberries was balanced just right. The homemade sorbets and ice creams are a real treat and the sign of a kitchen with its principles in order. The wine list is brief but ranges from very reasonable to average in price with mark-ups that don't kill the bill. In true Canadian fashion, the team also works very hard to cultivate regulars and they have a number of good 'specials' on offer, so it is worth going multiple nights in the week. Any good patriot should be quickly making their way to this refreshing and affordable dinner spot.